Midtown residents: Scale back 'invasive' Music Midtown in 2017

Residents want changes to Music Midtown 2017

ATLANTA -- Some midtown residents say Music Midtown needs restraint.

It's a great festival, its critics say.  It's also the most "invasive" festival to use Piedmont Park, said Dana Persons of the Midtown Neighbors Association.  The festival permit allows 85,000 people, who watch music from four stages over a two-day period.

She made that observation Monday, while a big portion of 10th Street remained closed one day after the conclusion of Music Midtown.  Much of 10th St. also closes for days in advance of the festival as well. 

Persons and other residents also decried the loud music on a "school night," Sunday.  Music Midtown alighted in Piedmont Park in 2011.  This was the first year it scheduled music for a Sunday night; the evening's schedule was pushed back due to a thunderstorm that evacuated the festival and delayed its four-stage itinerary once the storm passed.

A day-long rain Sunday also left an abundance of mud in Piedmont Park where grass has been growing.

"It's just mostly mud is what I’m seeing right now," said Taylor Simmons, a nearby resident who says he rides his bike most days through Piedmont Park.  "A lot of my friends go (to Music Midtown) and they love it, which is good. I just think the city just needs to make sure we get the park back where it needs to be."

The promoter behind Music Midtown paid the city $400,000 for its festival permit this year. The permit requires the promoter to repair damage to the park afterward.

Some residents questioned how effective those repairs will be with Atlanta’s Pride festival due to come to Piedmont Park less than three weeks from now.  


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